LEMOORE — Two Lemoore men are in custody after allegedly holding their 80-year-old stepfather hostage for five days, officials said.
Steven Raymundo and Michael Johnathan Franco, both 28, were arrested by Lemoore police officers after their stepfather escaped and went to authorities with his story.
The victim, who was not named by police, said he was held against his will at his home. He claimed his stepsons had threatened and assaulted him, making him fear for his safety. They took away his access to a phone and would not let him out of their sight for almost a week, according to a news release.
The man finally convinced the pair that he had to attend a doctor’s appointment. After being allowed to leave, he went straight to the Lemoore Police Department.
Police investigated and, after questioning the stepsons, arrested them on suspicion of false imprisonment, conspiracy to commit a crime and elder abuse. Steven Franco is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail. Michael Franco is also accused of making criminal threats, kidnapping, interfering with an officer, resisting arrest and robbery, according to jail records. His bail has been set at $380,000.
No motive was given for their behavior.
The victim sustained physical injuries during the ordeal, though the extent of his wounds were not disclosed by investigators.